Best Drama Movies of 1917

1.

The Immigrant

4.6
7.6/10 IMDB

An European immigrant endures a challenging voyage only to get into trouble as soon as he arrives in New York.

Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, Albert Austin, Henry Bergman, Kitty Bradbury, Frank J. Coleman, William Gillespie, Tom Harrington, James T. Kelley ..
Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
Release date: 1917-06-17
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : The Poor Little Rich Girl
2.

The Poor Little Rich Girl

3.3
6.7/10 IMDB

Gwen's family is rich, but her parents ignore her and most of the servants push her around, so she is lonely and unhappy. Her father is concerned only with making money, and her mother cares only about her social position. But one day a servant's irresponsibility creates a crisis that causes everyone to rethink what is important to them.

Starring: Mary Pickford, Madlaine Traverse, Charles Wellesley, Gladys Fairbanks, Frank McGlynn Sr., Emile La Croix, Marcia Harris, Marcia Harris, Frank Andrews, Herbert Prior ..
Directed by: Maurice Tourneur
Release date: 1917-03-05
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : The Eye of Envy
3.

The Eye of Envy

3.2
6.3/10 IMDB

In Sleepy Hollow dwells a young blacksmith who, when not happily making horseshoes, is courting a village maiden.

Starring: Crane Wilbur, Jode Mullally, Gene Crosby, Frederick A. Thomson, Julia Jackson, Lilian Webster, Edgar Sherrod ..
Directed by: Harrish Ingraham
Release date: 1917-08-10
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : The Pride of the Clan
4.

The Pride of the Clan

3.1
6.5/10 IMDB

Donald MacTavish, the last chieftain of his clan on an island off the coast of Scotland, dies at sea. This leaves his only daughter, Marget, to assume the responsibilities of leadership. Marget's burden is partially eased by her blossoming romance with Jamie Campbell. But there is a secret from Jamie's past that neither of them know about.

Starring: Mary Pickford, Warren Cook, Kathryn Browne-Decker, Edward Roseman, Joel Day, Matt Moore, Leatrice Joy ..
Directed by: Maurice Tourneur
Release date: 1917-01-07
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : Polly of the Circus
5.

Polly of the Circus

3.1
7.2/10 IMDB

When circus aerialist Polly Fisher is injured, she is taken to the nearby home of minister John Hartley. The two fall in love and marry secretly. But when the news leaks out, the minister loses his pastorate over disdain by the parishioners for Polly's background as a performer. Polly must decide whether to stay with the man she loves or leave him for the good of his calling.

Starring: Mae Marsh, Vernon Steele, Harry La Pearl, Wellington A. Playter, George S. Trimble, Lucille La Verne, Dick Lee, Charles Riegel, Lucille Southerwaite, Jack B. Hollis ..
Directed by: Edwin L. Hollywood, Charles Horan
Release date: 1917-09-08
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : Lost and Won
6.

Lost and Won

3.0
7.2/10 IMDB

A newswoman meets a man who has bet his colleagues he can make her beautiful.

Starring: Marie Doro, Elliott Dexter, Carl Stockdale, Mayme Kelso, Robert Gray, Clarence Geldart, Mabel Van Buren ..
Directed by: Frank Reicher
Release date: 1917-01-21
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : An Even Break
7.

An Even Break

2.9
6.7/10 IMDB

Claire Curtis, Jimmie Strong and Mary have spent their childhood together in the country. Upon reaching adulthood, Claire goes to New York and becomes a success on stage. Jimmie, who has always dreamed of becoming an inventor, goes to New York to sell the machine he invented, and there he renews his acquaintance with Claire. Soon their old friendship ripens into love. Meanwhile, back in the country, Ralph and David Harding, who are making Jimmie's machine, plan to steal the right to it. Back in New York, Mary appears and informs Claire that she loves Jimmie, and the actress resolves to give her a chance to win him. When it appears that the Hardings' scheme to steal Jimmie's machine will succeed, however, Mary's ardor turns cold. Claire and Jimmie then rush back to the country in time to avert the takeover and save his firm from bankruptcy.

Starring: Olive Thomas, Charles Gunn, Margaret Thompson, Darrell Foss, Charles K. French, J. Frank Burke, Louis Durham ..
Directed by: Lambert Hillyer
Release date: 1917-08-05
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : Blue Jeans
8.

Blue Jeans

2.9
7.3/10 IMDB

June a young orphan is befriended by Perry Boscam when he shares his lunch with her on the road to Rising Sun to take over his father's saw mill. The soon fall in love and marry only to find out that a women in Perry's past has come to town to make trouble. Teaming up with the local political bully they set out to make Perry's life miserable.. but June sticks by her husband to the end.

Starring: Viola Dana, Robert Walker, Sally Crute, Clifford Bruce, Henry Hallam, Russell Simpson, Margaret McWade, Augustus Phillips ..
Directed by: John H. Collins
Release date: 1917-12-10
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : Madame Du Barry
9.

Madame Du Barry

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

The picture shows Jeanette (Thelda Bara) becoming the mistress of the ambitious Jean DuBarry (Herschel Mayall) who marries her off to one of his cousins so that she has an entree to the court. She soon becomes the favorite of the King (Charles Clary) and Jean DuBarry becomes a regular around the Court too. But all this is disturbed when Madame DuBarry falls for Conte Brissac of the King's Guard (Fred Church). DuBarry's attempts to expose her affair only get him banished from the court.

Starring: Theda Bara, Charles Clary, Fred Church, Herschel Mayall, Genevieve Blinn, Willard Louis, Hector V. Sarno, Dorothy Drake, Rosita Marstini ..
Directed by: J. Gordon Edwards
Release date: 1917-12-30
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : The Woman in White
10.

The Woman in White

2.8
7.2/10 IMDB

The lead Florence La Badie plays dual roles. Clever editing is used for the scene where her two characters meet. La Badie, however, does appear twice within a scene via superimposition, but that's in a flashback-within-a-mirror scene. There are a couple such scenes where La Badie's reflection in the mirror reflects her reflective melancholy mood.

Starring: Florence La Badie, Richard Neill, Gertrude Dallas, Arthur Bauer, Wayne Arey, J.H. Gilmour, Claude Cooper ..
Directed by: Ernest C. Warde
Release date: 1917-07-01
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : Wild and Woolly
11.

Wild and Woolly

2.8
6.5/10 IMDB

A rich Easterner who has always wanted to live in "the Wild West" plans to move to a Western town. Unknown to him, the town's "wild" days are long gone and it is an orderly and civilized place now. The townsmen, not wanting to lose a rich potential resident, contrive to make over the town to suit the young man's fantasy.

Starring: Douglas Fairbanks, Eileen Percy, Calvert Carter, Charles Stevens, Sam De Grasse, Tom Wilson, Monte Blue, Walter Bytell, Wharton James, Bull Montana ..
Directed by: John Emerson
Release date: 1917-06-24
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : Patria
12.

Patria

2.8
6.3/10 IMDB

Spies from Japan conspire to steal the Channing "preparedness" fortune and invade the United States, beginning in New York, then allying themselves with Mexicans across the border. They are stopped by the efforts of munitions factory heiress Patria Channing and U.S. Secret Service agent Donald Parr.

Starring: Irene Castle, Milton Sills, Warner Oland, George Majeroni, Wallace Beery, Marie Walcamp, Allan Murnane, F.W. Stewart, Rudolph Valentino, Jack Holt ..
Directed by: Leopold Wharton, Theodore Wharton, Jacques Jaccard
Release date: 1917-01-14
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : The Little American
13.

The Little American

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

A young American has her ship torpedoed by a German U-boat but makes it back to her ancestral home in France, where she witnesses German brutality firsthand.

Starring: Mary Pickford, Jack Holt, Raymond Hatton, Hobart Bosworth, Walter Long, Wallace Beery, Norman Kerry, Colleen Moore, Ramon Novarro, Sam Wood ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille, Joseph Levering
Release date: 1917-07-12
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : A Romance of the Redwoods
14.

A Romance of the Redwoods

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

A young girl travels west to live with her uncle during the California Gold Rush only to find that he has been killed by Indians and his identity assumed by an outlaw.

Starring: Mary Pickford, Elliott Dexter, Tully Marshall, Raymond Hatton, Charles Ogle, Walter Long, Winter Hall ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1917-05-14
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : Cleopatra
15.

Cleopatra

2.6
6.6/10 IMDB

The story of Cleopatra, the fabulous queen of Egypt, and the epic romances between her and the greatest men of Rome, Julius Caesar and Antony.

Starring: Theda Bara, Fritz Leiber, Thurston Hall, Alan Roscoe, Herschel Mayall, Dorothy Drake, Delle Duncan, Henri De Vries, Art Acord, Hector Sarno ..
Directed by: J. Gordon Edwards
Release date: 1917-10-14
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : Wolf Lowry
16.

Wolf Lowry

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

William S. Hart was the great solitary Western hero of silent film who rode his horse off to new adventures once his job was done. In WOLF LOWRY, he meets a young settler played by Margery Wilson, herself a director in the early 1920s whose films are all considered lost.

Starring: William S. Hart, Margery Wilson, Aaron Edwards, William Fairbanks ..
Directed by: William S. Hart
Release date: 1917-05-27
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : Unmasked
17.

Unmasked

2.6
5.7/10 IMDB

In the film, Cunard plays a jewel thief pursuing the same wealthy marks as another thief, played by Francis Ford.

Starring: Francis Ford, Grace Cunard ..
Directed by: Grace Cunard, Francis Ford
Release date: 1917-01-01
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
18.

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917) is a silent film directed by Marshall Neilan based upon the novel Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin. This version is notable for having been adapted by famed female screenwriter Frances Marion. The film was made by the "Mary Pickford Company" and was an acclaimed box office smash.

Starring: Mary Pickford, Eugene O'Brien, Helen Jerome Eddy, Marjorie Daw, Charles Ogle, Mayme Kelso, Josephine Crowell, Jack McDonald, Violet Wilkey, Milton Berle ..
Directed by: Marshall Neilan
Release date: 1917-09-22
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : The Secret Game
19.

The Secret Game

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

In the office of Major Northfield, the quartermaster of the Pacific Coast, a leak has been discovered which may endanger the safety of American transports that are secretly carrying troops across the Pacific. Nara-Nara, a Japanese detective, is assigned to the case because his country has guaranteed safety to these transport ships. Nara-Nara believes that Northfield is guilty, although in reality it is Northfield's secretary Kitty Little, a girl of German ancestry, who is passing information to Dr. Ebell Smith, a German agent. Nara-Nara falls in love with Kitty, but soon after discovers that she is the leak in the quartermaster's office.

Starring: Sessue Hayakawa, Jack Holt, Florence Vidor, Mayme Kelso, Raymond Hatton, Charles Ogle ..
Directed by: William C. de Mille
Release date: 1917-12-03
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : The Whip
20.

The Whip

2.5
5.8/10 IMDB

The story of the training of a racehorse, the Whip, of the amnesiac nobleman who loves the horse, and of the villains who attempt to keep it from racing.

Starring: Alma Hanlon, June Elvidge, Irving Cummings, Warren Cook, Paul McAllister, Alfred Hemming, Dion Titheradge, Jean Dumas ..
Directed by: Maurice Tourneur
Release date: 1917-03-25
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : The Polish Dancer
21.

The Polish Dancer

2.4
5.9/10 IMDB

A wild young girl runs away from her parents' house to support herself and attracts the attentions of a married man, who is prepared to abandon his wife and child for her.

Starring: Pola Negri, Witold Kuncewicz, Jan Pawlowski, Maria Duleba, Lya Mara ..
Directed by: Aleksander Hertz
Release date: 1917-01-05
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : Until They Get Me
22.

Until They Get Me

2.4
6.5/10 IMDB

In an effort to reach his wife's deathbed, Kirby is forced to kill a man in self-defense. He is arrested by Selwyn, a member of the North West Mounted Police, who allows him to say a last farewell to his wife. After visiting his wife's deathbed, Kirby eludes Selwyn and becomes a fugitive from the police. Each year he returns to visit his son and, during one of his sojourns, meets Margy, a little farmhouse servant who has run away from her life of drudgery. (TCM)

Starring: Pauline Starke, Jack Curtis, Joe King, Wilbur Higby, Anna Dodge, Walter Perry ..
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Release date: 1917-12-02
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : One Touch of Nature
23.

One Touch of Nature

2.4
5.7/10 IMDB

Bill Cosgrove, a hot new rookie for the New York Giants, hits a cold streak during the deciding game of the World's Series.

Starring: John Drew Bennett, John Henry, John J. McGraw, Viola Cain, John Henry ..
Directed by: Edward H. Griffith
Release date: 1917-07-29
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : Tom Sawyer
24.

Tom Sawyer

2.4
6.2/10 IMDB

Silent version of Tom Sawyer that was filmed in Pleasanton, California in 1917. Stars Jack Pickford as Tom Sawyer.

Starring: Jack Pickford, George Hackathorne, Alice Marvin, Edythe Chapman, Robert Gordon, Antrim Short, Clara Horton, Helen Gilmore, Carl Goetz, Olive Thomas ..
Directed by: William Desmond Taylor
Release date: 1917-12-10
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : Les Misérables
25.

Les Misérables

2.3
6.5/10 IMDB

Jean Valjean, a good and decent man who has committed a minor crime, is imprisoned but escapes. He is pursued thereafter for years by Javert, the cruel and implacable arm of the law.

Starring: William Farnum, George Moss, Hardee Kirkland, Gretchen Hartman ..
Directed by: Frank Lloyd
Release date: 1917-12-03
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : A Tale of Two Cities
26.

A Tale of Two Cities

2.3
6.0/10 IMDB

At the outbreak of the French Revolution, Charles Darnay goes to Paris to rescue an imprisoned former family servant. He is himself imprisoned and condemned by the revolutionary forces there. His wife, the former Lucie Manette, is secretly loved by a gentlemanly wastrel, Sydney Carton. Carton embarks on a daring plan to save the husband of the woman he loves.

Starring: William Farnum, Jewel Carmen, Charles Clary, Herschel Mayall, Rosita Marstini, Josef Swickard, Ralph Lewis, William Clifford, Marc Robbins, Olive White ..
Directed by: Frank Lloyd
Release date: 1917-03-10
27.

Mothers of Men

2.2
5.9/10 IMDB

Dorothy Davenport as Clara Madison, a prominent lawyer, wins a judgeship over fellow Attorney Grant Williams, played by Willis L. Robards. Upon winning the prominent position as judge, Ms. Madison finds herself walking a political tight rope with enemies all around doing what they can to cause her down fall. Judge Madison convicts a murderer to death paving the way for her to be easily elected as the first female Governor. As Governor she is faced with a difficult dilemma. She has the power to pardon her husband who has been convicted of a serious crime, but to do so she’d be using her office for her own personal gain. “I must find some way to realize my ideals without sacrificing my husband. I must struggle on somehow for the sake of womanhood!”

Starring: Dorothy Davenport, Willis Robards, Hal Reid, Katherine Griffith, Arthur Tavares, Billie Bennett, Marcella Russell, Katherine Griffith ..
Directed by: Willis Robards
Release date: 1917-01-01
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : The Scarlet Car
28.

The Scarlet Car

2.1
5.4/10 IMDB

Paul Revere Forbes, an ancestor of Paul Revere, is a teller at Cyrus Peabody's bank. He learns that Cyrus and his son, Ernest, have speculated with $35,000 of the bank's money, and the entire sum has been lost.

Starring: Franklyn Farnum, Edith Johnson, Lon Chaney, Sam De Grasse ..
Directed by: Joseph De Grasse
Release date: 1917-12-24
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : The Devil Stone
29.

The Devil Stone

1.7
7.4/10 IMDB

Fishermaid Marcia Manot finds an emerald which once belonged to a Norse queen and is cursed. Greedy American Silas Martin marries her, then sets her up for divorce. She kills him and weds his business manager Sterling, but a detective learns about Silas' death.

Starring: Geraldine Farrar, Wallace Reid, Hobart Bosworth, Tully Marshall, James Neill, Mabel Van Buren, Lillian Leighton, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Horace B. Carpenter, Ernest Joy ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1917-12-16
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
30.

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

1.7
7.3/10 IMDB

Smalley and Weber film.

Starring: Phillips Smalley, Lois Weber, Priscilla Dean, Wedgwood Nowell, Evelyn Selbie, Harry De More, Josephine Myers, Burwell Hamrick ..
Directed by: Lois Weber, Phillips Smalley
Release date: 1917-05-13
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : The Fires of Youth
31.

The Fires of Youth

1.6
7.0/10 IMDB

The Thanhouser Co. has reissued a number of its surviving films on video. FIRES OF YOUTH existed at around 52 minutes in its original release. A shortened version running just over 31 minutes has survived at the George Eastman House and has now been released by Thanhouser. Jeanne Eagels does well as the neglected young daughter in a factory town. She appears in 22 scenes and delivers a sensitive performance.

Starring: Frederick Warde, Jeanne Eagels, Helen Badgley, Ernest Howard, Robert Vaughn, James Ewens, Carey L. Hastings, Grace Stevens ..
Directed by: Émile Chautard
Release date: 1917-06-16
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : National Red Cross Pageant
32.

National Red Cross Pageant

1.6
7.0/10 IMDB

The National Red Cross Pageant (1917) was an American war pageant that was performed in order to sell war bonds, support the National Red Cross, and promote a positive opinion about American involvement in World War I.

Starring: Edith Wynne Matthison, Douglas Wood, Ethel Barrymore, Kitty Gordon, Margaret Moreland, Adelaide Prince, Olive Tell, Irene Fenwick, Montgomery Irving, Annette Kellerman ..
Directed by: Christy Cabanne
Release date: 1917-12-01
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : The Gulf Between
33.

The Gulf Between

1.6
6.9/10 IMDB

A young woman, who is the daughter of a sea captain, falls in love with a man from a rich family who does not approve of her.

Starring: Grace Darmond, Niles Welch, Herbert Fortier, Charles Brandt, George De Carlton, Joseph Dailey, Caroline Harris, Virginia Lee Corbin, Violet Axzelle, J. Noa ..
Directed by: Wray Bartlett Physioc
Release date: 1917-09-21
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : Castles for Two
34.

Castles for Two

1.6
6.8/10 IMDB

An American heiress who goes to Ireland meets a bankrupt lord. She switches places with her maid to avoid fortune hunters.

Starring: Marie Doro, Elliott Dexter, Mayme Kelso, Jane Wolfe, Harriet Sorenson, Lillian Leighton, Julianne Jackson, Horace B. Carpenter, William Elmer, Marie Mills ..
Directed by: Frank Reicher
Release date: 1917-03-05
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : The Babes in the Woods
35.

The Babes in the Woods

1.5
6.2/10 IMDB

A story within a story, including a passage from Hansel and Gretel.

Starring: Francis Carpenter, Virginia Lee Corbin, Violet Radcliffe, 'Baby' Carmen De Rue, Herschel Mayall ..
Directed by: Sidney Franklin, Chester M. Franklin
Release date: 1917-12-03
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : The Cold Deck
36.

The Cold Deck

1.5
6.7/10 IMDB

Gambler "On-the Level" Leigh (William S. Hart) is forced to leave his high rolling lifestyle to move his ailing sister Alice (Mildred Harris) to the healing climate the mountains. Financial strain compels him to resume his favored vocation. Unfortunately for Level, the dance hall girl Coralie (Alma Rubens) doesn't take rejection well and convinces the dealer to clean him out with a "cold deck". A desperate robbery ensues, leading to Level wanted for murder!

Starring: William S. Hart, Mildred Harris, Edwin Wallock, Sylvia Breamer, Charles O. Rush, Alma Rubens, Joe Knight ..
Directed by: Clifford Smith, William S. Hart
Release date: 1917-10-31
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : The Adventurer
37.

The Adventurer

1.5
6.7/10 IMDB

A young girl is trying to live an honest life in a crooked city. Caught up with a crook that might be the son of a millionaire and other crooked people, she must attempt to reform things, or at least one person.

Starring: Marian Swayne, Pell Trenton, Ethel Stanard, Kirke Brown, Charles Halton, Martin Hayden, Yolande Duquette ..
Directed by: Alice Guy-Blaché
Release date: 1917-02-15
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : Souls Triumphant
38.

Souls Triumphant

1.5
6.5/10 IMDB

Lillian Vale is the naïve and unworldly daughter of minister Josiah Vale. Swept off her feet by handsome Robert Powers, Lillian marries him, unaware that he is constitutionally incapable of fidelity. Led astray by vampish Hattie Lee, Powers follows his new paramour to the Big City -- the first of several bad decisions which culminate in disaster for the errant hero.

Starring: Lillian Gish, Wilfred Lucas, Spottiswoode Aitken, Louise Hamilton, Kate Bruce, Jennie Lee ..
Directed by: John B. O'Brien
Release date: 1917-05-19
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : The Flame of Youth
39.

The Flame of Youth

1.5
6.4/10 IMDB

James Gordon, Sr., owner of the Gordon syndicate, dispatches his roughneck son Jimmy to investigate why production has fallen off in his opal mine on an island off the coast of lower California. After an argument with his fiancée, socialite Lucy Andrews, Jimmy leaves for the island where he is met by Juan, McCool's servant who, along with Jasper Sneedham, has been cheating the company. On the launch, Juan tries to eliminate Jimmy by hitting him over the head, but the lad escapes and swims to shore where he is rescued by Sneedham's stepdaughter Nadine. Nadine takes Jimmy to the hut of mine foreman Fred Haimer, the only honest man on the island.

Starring: Jack Mulhall, Ann Forrest, Donna Drew, Hayward Mack, Alfred Allen, Ed Brady, Fred Montague, Burton Law, Percy Challenger, Harry Mann ..
Directed by: Elmer Clifton
Release date: 1917-06-18
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : The Girl Without a Soul
40.

The Girl Without a Soul

1.5
7.3/10 IMDB

The story of two young sisters, one a somewhat demure musician who is in love with a scoundrel who's no good for her, and the other a wild, free spirit who is the object of a shy young carpenter's affections.

Starring: Viola Dana, Robert Walker, Fred C. Jones, Henry Hallam, Margaret Seddon, Margaret Vaughan ..
Directed by: John H. Collins
Release date: 1917-08-13
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : The Spirit of '76
41.

The Spirit of '76

1.4
6.2/10 IMDB

Catherine Montour, a striking half-breed Indian princess, and mistress of King George III aspires to become the first Queen of America when the revolution breaks out.

Starring: Adda Gleason, Howard Gaye, George Chesebro, Dark Cloud, Doris Pawn, Jack Cosgrove, Norval MacGregor, Jane Novak, William Colby, Lottie Kruse ..
Directed by: Frank Montgomery
Release date: 1917-01-01
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : Young Mother Hubbard
42.

Young Mother Hubbard

1.4
6.2/10 IMDB

Forced by the death of her mother to care for her three brothers and sisters, little Mona Fairfax is known to farmers of her district as Young Mother Hubbard. The children's step-father, heavily in debt and tired of the burden imposed by the little family, abandons his farm, leaving the children, penniless, to shift for themselves. The following day Daniel Banning, a wealthy "country gentleman" and owner of the Fairfax farm, calls to collect back rent. He finds Mona and her children panic-stricken over a note left by their step-father, telling of his decision to leave. Banning turns a deaf ear to Mona's pleas that she be allowed to remain on the farm with her wards. He notifies the Children's Welfare Society. Directors of the society go to the farm, load them into an automobile, and take them to the society's headquarters. At headquarters the chairman calls for volunteers to take the children into their homes.

Starring: Mary McAllister, William Clifford, Carolyn Irwin, Granville Bates, Virginia Holmes, Russell McDermott, Baby Peck, Frank Dayton, Robert Bolder ..
Directed by: Arthur Berthelet
Release date: 1917-10-29
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : Triumph
43.

Triumph

1.4
6.1/10 IMDB

This melodrama about an actress in love with a playwright and the stage manager blackmailing her for her affections offers a unique glimpse into Chaney’s career before his classic performances in The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera.

Starring: Dorothy Phillips, Lon Chaney, William Stowell, William Dyer, Claire Du Brey, Clyde Benson, Nigel De Brulier, John George ..
Directed by: Joseph De Grasse
Release date: 1917-09-02
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : A Girl of the Timber Claims
44.

A Girl of the Timber Claims

1.4
5.9/10 IMDB

A 1917 film directed by Paul Powell.

Starring: Constance Talmadge, Allan Sears, Clyde E. Hopkins, Beau Byrd, Wilbur Higby, Bennie Schumann, Joseph Singleton, F.A. Turner, Margaret Talmadge, Charles Lee ..
Directed by: Paul Powell
Release date: 1917-02-11
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : The Hater of Men
45.

The Hater of Men

1.4
5.8/10 IMDB

Convinced that her impending marriage to fellow reporter Billy Williams will result in a loss of her freedom, Janice breaks her engagement and enters a period of Bohemian living.

Starring: Bessie Barriscale, Charles K. French, John Gilbert ..
Directed by: Charles Miller
Release date: 1917-07-01
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : The Bad Boy
46.

The Bad Boy

1.3
5.4/10 IMDB

Small town youth Jimmie Bates is a well-intentioned, but troubled youth. Jimmie is a rowdy boy who is always getting into trouble and playing pranks on his friends and neighbors. Although deeply in love with young Mary, he eventually spurns Mary's affection for the more outgoing and worldly young Ruth.

Starring: Robert Harron, Richard Cummings, Josephine Crowell, Mildred Harris, William H. Brown, James Harrison, Colleen Moore, Elmo Lincoln, Harry Fisher ..
Directed by: Chester Withey
Release date: 1917-02-18
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : Sirens of the Sea
47.

Sirens of the Sea

1.3
5.3/10 IMDB

During a raging storm, a baby is washed up on shore on an island in Greece and is adopted by the wealthy Stanhopes, who name her Lorelei. Eighteen years later, Lorelei, now a woman, invites her school friends to spend their vacation at her villa. One of her guests, Julie, is insanely jealous of Lorelei. One day Gerald Waldron, a disenchanted society fop, sails by on his yacht, accompanied by his social-climbing friend, Hartley Royce. Seeing Lorelei and her friends swimming, they decide to go ashore. Both Gerald and Hartley fall in love with Lorelei, and Julie rages, finding herself relegated to Hartley. Together Hartley and Julie plot to separate the lovers.

Starring: Louise Lovely, Carmel Myers, Jack Mulhall, Sydney Deane, Helen Wright, Evelyn Selbie, William Quinn, Sally Blane, John R. Young, Loretta Young ..
Directed by: Allen Holubar
Release date: 1917-09-20
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : Man and Beast
48.

Man and Beast

1.2
5.0/10 IMDB

During the great drought on the South African veldt, bitterness erupts between the von Haagen and Townsend families when they quarrel over a cattle spring. Nevertheless, a romance grows between Gretel von Haagan and Ned Townsend, who, to escape their families' opposition, marry and leave for the interior.

Starring: Eileen Sedgwick, Kingsley Benedict, Harry Clifton, L.M. Wells, Mattie Witting, J. Parks Jones, Joe Martin, Charlie the Elephant ..
Directed by: Henry McRae
Release date: 1917-06-25
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : Black Orchids
49.

Black Orchids

1.2
4.8/10 IMDB

Frivolous young Marie de Severac is frightened into following a more virtuous path, when her father relates a story in which an equally frivolous woman is entombed alive. The movie was Rex Ingram’s directorial debut, and he later remade the film as Trifling Women in 1922. Black Orchids is considered to be a lost film.

Starring: Cleo Madison, Dick La Reno, Francis McDonald, Wedgwood Nowell, Howard Crampton, William Dyer, John George, Jean Hersholt, Joe Martin ..
Directed by: Rex Ingram
Release date: 1917-01-01
Best Drama Movies of 1917 : Nan of Music Mountain
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Nan of Music Mountain

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Henry de Spain is determined to find the man who murdered his father. He becomes sort of an outsider with Duke Morgan's gang, cattlemen, and outlaws. Nan, daughter of the head of the clan, secretly loves Henry and when he is wounded in a fight with the Morgan clan, she helps him escape. This angers her father and he declares that she shall marry her cousin. Nan dispatches a message to Henry for assistance and he brings her safely to his clan. Nan then learns that her father was the murder of Henry's father. She returns to her father to learn the truth and together they go to Henry and reveal the murder's name. After a thorough understanding and forgiving, Henry and Nan are married.

Starring: Wallace Reid, Ann Little, Theodore Roberts, James Cruze, Charles Ogle, Raymond Hatton, Jack Hoxie, Ernest Joy, Guy Oliver, James P. Mason ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille, George Melford
Release date: 1917-12-12

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